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Neighbors close blinds as peeping janitor is identified

Haunted women by hidden from a janitor routinely spied on them from the school roof — by closing their curtains tight.

I’m really upset. My window faces that side. It’s really disturbing,

said a female resident of the East 33rd Street building who covered every inch of her windows.
Her neighbor Jeena Shrestha also drew the shades.

The unidentified janitor grins as he leaves the school roof.
“That’s scary,” she said of the horndog handyman, who has been seen leering at them while they undress for at least the last two weeks. “It’s bad.”

Department of Education sources identified the peeping Tom as Francis Tracey, 49, a $117,000-a-year custodian who was on temporary assignment at the Murray Hill school, sources said.

Tracey was banned from school property and reassigned while the Special Commissioner of Investigation conducts a probe.
“We removed him immediately, and we’re doing a full investigation,

” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday. “And the reality is there cannot be anyone in any of our schools that is not a model for kids. So if the infraction is found to be true, there will be a different way we deal with it.”

Two NYPD cops showed up at the Murray Hill school around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday to interview workers about Tracey. “We’re here to look into it,” one officer said, gesturing to a copy of The Post tucked under his arm with the front-page headline “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. But by Wednesday night, police sources said there is no criminal investigation. Meanwhile, officials at PS 116 scrambled to assure panicked parents that their kids are safe at the school.
– Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

“As you may be aware, a recent news article published serious allegations about one of our custodial staff members,” said a letter sent home with the students on Wednesday.
“As a result of the allegations, the matter has been reported to the authorities and is currently under investigation. The employee has been removed from the school pending a full investigation.”
The school’s usual custodian, Don Stella, has been on a leave of absence since a few weeks ago, parents and staff said, and Tracey was a fill-in.
“What I know about Don, he would have thrown this guy off the roof,” said parent Scott Fintz, 48.
“We don’t know who that is in a building all day with our kids,” Fintz’s wife, Blake, added. “That’s a scary thing. You think they would have a screening process.”
The school held a PTA meeting on Wednesday morning — but parents were not satisfied with the answers. “They really had no comment other than it’s being investigated,” Javier Genoa, 34, said.


“I’m concerned. My daughters have to grow up in this world. Being the father of two daughters is daunting. This is scary.”

Most of the windows within the apartment building next to PS 116 had their blinds down after The Post’s report.

Tracey is normally assigned to PS 77, a gifted-and-talented school on the Upper East Side.
Parents there were also disturbed to hear how their janitor gets his jollies.
“If he’s looking at women getting dressed, who knows what he’s doing around his own kids,” George Arroyo, 28, said while picking up his two daughters.”
PS 77 students were given flyers saying Tracey wasn’t at the school that day and won’t be coming back.
Tracey, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment, has worked for the DOE since 2006 and has earned $109,234 so far this year, records show. Last year, he made $117,110.

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday promised swift punishment if the probe reveals that Tracey violated DOE regulations.
“If we find someone has committed an offense, there will certainly be consequences,” he said.


Window Treatments

Put simply, a window treatment can make or break a room. And that’s why considering what you put on your windows is just as important as choosing a new sofa, carpet or bedding. Depending on your take; perhaps even more so.

Blinds, drapes and roman window shades are undoubtedly one of the best ways of enhancing any room in your home – or office – thanks to the multitude of colors, shapes, sizes and textures around today. Update a drab Victorian style room with luxurious and elaborate drapes, pelmets and a valance for instance, or tidy up a cluttered study with a minimalist blind decision. Appeal to the eco side of your nature by introducing solar shades (and at the same time guarantee the longevity of the fabric in your sitting room or bedroom by blocking out UV rays).

Whether real or faux, wood blinds are growing in popularity and we can see why. Their simple style is perfect for coordinating with other furniture items and fabrics in a room and they can lend a cosy, rustic appeal to a kitchen or sitting room.

Custom made window treatments – particularly drapes – are the best way of ensuring your windows became an eye-catching and focal point of a room. At Royal Window Treatments our dedicated and professional team of designers pride themselves on keeping up-to-date with the latest interior trends in fabric patterns and textures.

As a leading family business which has been immersed in the industry for generations here in the heart of busy, cosmopolitan Manhattan, we have an insight into dressing windows that few in our sector can surpass. Many of our enviable client list has remained with us throughout the decades – which we believe is proof of the detail and dedication we put into every single commission received. Why not allow us to help enhance your home too?


Fighting High Rise Voyeurism With Privacy Window Treatments

Find out why people living high up in tall buildings need privacy window treatments. Many people naively believe that living in an upper floor of a high rise building, far above the prying gaze of passing pedestrians, will automatically protect them from unwanted visual intrusion, but nothing could be further from the truth. High rise voyeurism is alive and well. Using cameras, telescopes, and other technical equipment including drones, apartment and hotel voyeurs catch many unsuspecting residents in embarrassing situations ranging from sex to masturbation, and capture the view on film.

Read what some high rise voyeurs write about their practice on web blogs.

“Since I live on the 5th floor of an apartment building, I have had many opportunities to use my binoculars to find nudity through the windows of the buildings (and hotel) facing mine…”

“Though I have never had the pleasure, I understand that high-rise apartment buildings are prime viewing targets…”

“Night voyeurism is a type of voyeurism focusing on videotaping or photographing one’s neighbors at night within illuminated rooms. The equipment consists of telescopes and telescopic lenses for high resolution cameras . Night voyeurs usually live across high raise condo buildings or across high raise hotels…”

“Many people who live in high rise buildings with hundreds of apartments or stay the night at a huge hotel with hundreds of rooms do not even think about the possibility that someone might be watching them through their window at night…”

“During a conference in Las Vegas which was held at a hotel with two towers facing each either, Igor and crew counted roundabout 100 hotel rooms at night which allowed to look inside…”

” Since 2011 more and more sophisticated self-propelled neighbor spy devices are available. The lower range of those “spy drones” are remote toy helicopters equipped with a cheap camera. One of the most sophisticated devices and Igor’s favorite tool to look through neighbors windows is the DraganFly X6 spy drone…”

High rise voyeurism is real, and preventing it it’s complicated by the fact that many high rise residents don’t want to sacrifice the stunning view they have from their windows, especially at night, when they erroneously believe they are alone with the city lights far below and the stars peeking out through urban smog above. So how can victims of high rise Peeping Tomism ensure their privacy without having to sacrifice the view from their picture windows. The answer is to purchase and install custom privacy window treatments.
Privacy window treatments are a variety of window dressings that allow building dwellers to look out while restricting the view of people who would seek to look in. The most advanced privacy curtain is the solar shade. Solar shades soften sunlight, while allowing people inside to look out and see the outside view. These types of shades come in different levels of opacity, and even the intermediate level of opacity will block people from looking in at night while permitting dwellers to make out the outer view, night or day.

Roman or fabric shades, which fold up like blinds, also allow light in but block outsiders from peering in. They come in different opacities and can be used for rooms where outside light is desired but the ability to see details out the window is not needed.

Blinds can also be used to insure privacy while allowing an outside view. By tilting the vanes to an acute angle, a person can see all the details of the outdoors that he wants , but an outsider attempting to see in, especially from a distance, will have a severely restricted view of the room. Top down blinds allow even more ability to see out, without sacrificing room privacy.
As a last resort, a high rise tenant wanting total privacy, as for a bedroom, can purchase top down blackout shades. When closed the shades will block out 99% of the light, and will make viewing from outside  impossible. When viewing out is desirable the shade can be opened from the top down permitting the apartment or condo dweller to look over the semi open shade while blocking voyeurs from a distance from seeing details lower down in the room.

Resource: For over 20 years Royal Window Treatments, 180 Lexington Ave, 2nd Fl New York, New York 10016,  has been offering custom window coverings and installation to residents of the greater New York area. They offer a wide variety of custom privacy window coverings. For details visit the website at http://royaldecorators.com or call the office at (212) 473-1111.


Cornices or Pelmets?

When you look at a hard top window treatments you might initially have trouble determining if they are cornices or pelmets. Cornices and Pelmets are often used interchangeably. They are both hard window treatments that decorate the top edge of the window; however, they are technically slightly different. A cornice means a ledge and refers to a horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building, piece of furniture or window . The function of a building cornice is to throw rainwater off the building, and in that regard it is similar to the eves or roof edge. The difference between the eves and cornice is that the cornice has decorative molding attached.  The combination of the decorative molding and the eves gives the cornice is characteristic projecting crown, plus one of myriad types of decoration.

The decorations added to the cornice can appear in many different forms. While true cornices (as opposed to pelmets) all have a projecting crown at the top, they differ in the shape of the sub layers of decoration. There may be a middle layer of carved wood, for example, sitting between smaller jutting cornice crown like projections, each subsequent projection smaller than the one above it. The possibilities are endless when we consider ;that the size of each projection, its shape and its height; and the number of projections and their size, height, and curvature can vary extensively.

The pelmet is a palm leaf like decoration that generally conceals curtain fixtures. In fact, etymologically, the word derive from the  old English word palmette or palm leaf like decorative covering. The pelmet in comparison to the cornice is missing a crown and various layers of decorative molding found in cornices. The pelmet, in fact, frequently consists of a flat layer of decorative fabric covering a wood frame that sits at the top of the window treatment (drape, shade or blind), and covers it.  Pelmets are often cloth covered, whereas cornices are more likely to be made of wood, plaster, or faux wood.  Another essential difference between cornices and pelmets is that the cornices are related to the crown molding of a room as it interacts with the window, whereas the pelmet relates to covering the top of the window or other structure and not forming part of the room molding in any way.

Bedroom Window Treatments

Bedroom Window Treatments

Guest Post: This  post was submitted by Amanda Haines on behalf of Forrest Furnishing in Glasgow Scotland. The article is full of interesting suggestions about window treatments for every room in the home including bedroom window treatments.

One of the easiest ways to add personality, class and elegance to the rooms in your house is to create window treatments. Gather ideas you like by perusing decorating websites and taking notes of color combinations, fabrics and styles that catch your eye. Another easy way to combine your inspiration is to page through decorating magazines and tear out pictures of window treatments you like. Bring the ideas to your interior decorator and they can help you put your ideas together to find a window treatment that works well with the shape and size of your windows, as well as the decor and style in the rest of the room.

By working with an interior decorator, you can combine your ideas with their ideas and successful window treatments they`ve used in the past. Chances are, they have photos of previous projects that can help inspire you or give you an idea of what you don`t want. Make sure you clearly express your preferences. You don`t want to wind up with window treatments that you hate looking at. Check out the following ideas and take it from there. Before you know it, you`ll have window treatments you love.

Drapes, also called curtains, are an easy way to bring your personality into a room. They usually contain lengths of fabric, which allow them to drape over the curtain rods or hooks above the windows. Long drapes that puddle on the floor are classic and look elegant in formal sitting rooms and master bedrooms. Choose a rich color that blends with your decor but isn`t so bright that they become the focal point, which can detract from everything else the room has to offer. For example, chocolate brown or deep burgundy is ideal for a parlor, while creamy white or blue works well for a bedroom. Shorter drapes are perfect for kitchen and dining room windows. They are also a great choice for kids` rooms because they`ll hang out of the way of the play space and away from the furniture. These rooms are ideal for choosing patterned curtains to give life to the room and lend a touch of whimsy. Try a chevron or polka dot pattern in the kitchen or a beach scene in a boy`s room. Again, your interior decorator can help you choose colors and patterns that work well with your existing furniture, paint colors and decor.

Blinds and shades are good if you prefer clean lines or don`t like all the extra fabric hanging from the windows. Solid white brings light and a sense of cleanliness to wide open rooms like parlors, outdoor patios and bedrooms. Deep wooden colors are perfect for more formal rooms and pair well with deep colors and wood floors. Let your interior decorator show you photos so you can get a sense of how the different options might look in the rooms.

Complete the look of your window treatments with accessories. Your interior decorator might suggest curtain ties, decorative hooks and rods or a valance. Curtain ties allow you to move your curtains back and hold them away from the window. Hooks on the wall are another option. You can really bring personality to a window treatment by choosing a fancy curtain rod. Opt for one in brushed nickel for an elegant look or a wooden one to mesh with wood floors and Forrest Furnishing . Top blinds or shades with a valance in a fun color or pattern that adds to the look of your room without overwhelming it. No matter what look you want, your interior decorator can help you get the perfect style that you`ll love showing off.


Enhancing Window Treatments With Cornices, Valences, and Swags

Cornices, valences, and swags are window treatments that often enhance existing window coverings such as drapes, shades or blinds. All three window additions sit on top and or to the side of existing coverings and add color, texture, and depth to the arrangement. These three window additions embellish drapes, blinds and shades much as drapes blind and shades add interest to a bare window.

Cornices stand out from valences and swags by their solid framed structure, which comes out from the wall like a shallow rectangular box and sits over the top of the window and or window treatment The underlying cover, be they drapes shades, or blinds dramatically drop down from behind the cornice. Cornices may be made of wood or metal and may be covered by fabric. The possibilities for matching cornice color to existing window dressings and or the room décor is nearly endless and makes for interesting design challenges.

Window valences are cloth material that drapes over the top of the existing curtain, shade or blind. They can be chosen to blend with the underlying covering, or to contrast in a harmonious.

and interesting way. They can be created to mesh harmoniously with the room décor. Like cornices, valences can hide ugly curtain rails, thereby softening the upper border of the window. Custom valences can be cut to any dimension, with virtually unlimited selection of fabric, color, pattern, trim choices, large or small pleats, if any, and style (swag, jabots, trumpets, etc.) Valences may sit straight across the window or appear in varied shapes in the both the upper and lower border. Possibilities include a or swag like, diagonal, They might be of one uniform color or multiple patterned as for example, one pattern for the valance, and an alternate color for the pleats. Balloon valences are so full that they create round “poufs” that are pushed into the room by the walls or window. Banner valences are formed of triangularly shaped fabric segments that overlap. A bell is a section of a valence that stands out as a triangular cone. When a valance consists of multiple fabrics, the face fabric is the one that stands out the most and predominates. A grommet is a punched out hole surrounding by a supporting ring, as are seen in shower curtains. They are found at the top of some valences, which hand down from the curtain rod rather than cover it. A jabot is the side tail of a valence that hangs down on either side of the window. Jabots may also drop down from the center part of the curtain usually between swags.

Swags, valences and cornices both shape and crown windows and window treatments adding beauty and distinction to the existing decorations and the room decor. Their presence takes the window covering out of the category of the utilitarian and mundane and transports it to the realm of the beautiful and artistic. They increase the treatment’s depth by using layering, texture, and contrast, adding whole additional realms of possibilities to window decoration planning.

Resource: To create and install high quality cornices, valances, and swags in the greater New York area contact Royal Window Treatments; 180 Lexington Ave, 2nd Fl New York, New York 10016; (212) 473-1111; http://royaldecorators.com


Blinds Versus Shutters

If you are planning window treatments for your home, a common challenge is to decide whether you want window shutters or window blinds in the windows. Deciding on blinds versus shutters is a matter of comparing and contrasting the qualities of grote each. Both shutters and blinds are composed of parallel slats in a frame that can be opened or closed to let in more light or shut out light entirely. Both treatments are appealing to people who want a modern, linear look, as opposed to curvy draping,

Both shutters and blinds come in a variety of louvre (slat) sizes. Both shutters and blinds can increase the value of your home. The fundamental difference between the two is that blinds are in a frame that can be rolled up or down or to the sides http://www.chicagobearsjerseyspop.com (with vertical blinds), whereas shutters are within a frame that is attached by hinges to an outer frame built into the window. Unlike Glass blinds that exist within a plane, shutters open out into the room like a door. Both shutters and blinds come in many wood or faux wood varieties that can be stained to match any interior décor. Both shutters and wood blinds look similar from the outside, except if you look closely you will see the strings that bind wood blinds together.

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of window treatments.

Shutters Advantages

1. Wide slat (Plantation) shutters have great street appeal and may Savings exhibit beautiful architectural design.
2. Shutters can mount either inside or outside your window, whereas faux wood blinds hang in the window.
3. Shutters placed in the window can help seal cracks left in the window’s seams  and thereby increase energy efficiency.
4. Shutters can be divided into two compartments with a horizontal separator so that the louvers of each section opens and closes separately.
5. Properly installed shutters become a permanent part of the home’s installation, their outer frame matches the window trim.
6. Shutters are the only window treatment that can be financed into the purchase of your home.
7. Purchasing shutters is like purchasing a fine addition to your home that will last a lifetime.
8. Wood or Faux shutters can last for years, whereas blinds may need to be replaced if the string or vanes break, if they fall, or if they deteriorate from frequent use.
9. An ideal solution if Su? the window is exposed to extreme heat humidity or other extreme weather condition.

Shutters Disadvantages

1. They have a wide double frame around then, which blocks out some of the light from the outside.
2. They need to be professionally installed, so may cost more money than blinds to install.
3. They are more expensive than blinds, considered the second most expensive window treatment after high end drapes.

Blinds Advantages

1. Blinds are less expensive than shutters.
2. Blinds close up and fold neatly into a 4″ box at the top or sides leaving a side unimpeded view through the window.
3. Blinds come in more materials than shutters. They can be made of aluminum and  plastic in addition to wood and faux wood.
4. Blinds are easier to install than shutters.

Blind’s Disadvantages

1. Blinds do not always last a lifetime, and may need to be replaced

In the final analysis, both shutters and blinds have advantages and disadvantages. The choice is up to you and after carefully considering all the practical factors, should be one of personal aesthetic preference.


Luminette Window Shades Balance Light and Privacy

Luminettes are vertical vanes inserted between two sheer curtains, and are at the forefront of window treatments trends. With a simple twist of the curtain’s cord, the homeowner can change the orientation of the vanes, and accordingly change the opacity of the luminette.

Luminettes offer five levels of light control. The sheerest panels 3/Skype gently disperse outdoor light, while permitting extensive entry into the room, which significantly reduces the need for daylight electrical lighting. Sheer curtains preserve the view of the outdoors, while softening and removing harsh glares Somewhat less sheer curtains cause more light diffusion resulting in a filtered and less realistic view of the outdoors, and with greater interior privacy. Medium sheer curtains admit filtered light, but not a discrete outside view, and provide a greater level of privacy. Moderately opaque curtain, block more light, and greatly increase privacy. Fully opaque curtains entirely block outside light and provide optimal privacy. They permit the greatest control of indoor room lighting.

Luminette open to the sides. Their parallel vertical construction stacks neatly, and they take up almost no area when fully open, thus permitting the homeowner an optimal outdoor view. They are ideal for picture windows or French doors. With the advent of trendy luminettes to contemporary window treatments, homeowners can now control light coming from the outside by selection of their luminette fabric, by buying sheer lumiettes with vanes that permit minute to minute adjustment of the opacity.


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